Managerial Economics MBA-540-MBOL1
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Brickley, J., Smith, C., & Zimmerman, J. (2009). Managerial economics and organizational architecture
(5th ed.). New York: McGraw Hill/Irwin.
Same textbook (Wording is exactly the same)
W. Edwards Deming, often referred to as the leading quality guru in the United States, and psychologist
Alfie Kohn support the idea that incentive pay is not a motivator for individuals to do a good job. Yet
economists argue that incentive compensation does work and as economist George Baker notes in his 1993
article in the Harvard Business Review titled “Rethinking Rewards,” “The problem is not that incentives
can’t work but that they work too well.” What does Baker mean? Discuss the importance of a
well-developed compensation plan in attracting and retaining good employees and how to keep those plans
from “working too well.”
Additional notes from professor:
Incentive pay is a great debate! One of the fundamental principles of economics is that people respond
to incentives. But what does that really mean? Of course when we see a sale (I’m a huge “buy one get
one” junkie!) we are likely to respond by spending money. But when we look at this idea from another
angle, how can we encourage our employees to do a better job. It becomes less clear.
One field where we see issues with incentive pay is in education. We probably have all heard about the
recent issues with teachers cheating on the standardized tests to make their scores look better…well
in some way, the incentive to get money based on these scores also drives up the incentive to cheat.
It’s important to find balance, but with human nature, we are not really known for being balanced
Check out this YouTube video and let me know what you think… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u6XAPnuFjJc
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